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Mexico Customs authorizes use of Logistics Activity Zone of Veracruz

The General Administration of Customs of Mexico granted its approval for the start of operations of the Logistics Activities Zone (LAZ) under the Strategic fiscal regime (RFE).

The Director General of the Port Authority of Veracruz, Juan Ignacio Fernandez, said that the permission to start operations in an area of ​​201.8 hectares which were marketed under the scheme of income for was granted to companies interested in operating under that regime They are installed there.

He added that the LAZ is located five kilometers from the present, adjacent port with the new port and the rail beltway to two-way to Santa Fe.

Among other advantages the LAZ allow operation for a limited time without paying taxes and countervailing duties for companies to develop, convert, repair, distribute, store, preserve, exhibit and sell goods or products.

Fernandez said that to achieve the authorization of the Ministry of Finance, through the Directorate General of Customs, requirements were met among which highlighted an inspection in which the Central Customs Directorate of Equipment and Infrastructure.

The Apiver “I met each of the elements of infrastructure, access roads, surveillance equipment, security control and RFE to start operations,” he said.



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Returns to EU the world’s largest container ship

Boat world’s largest CMA CGM container Benjamin Franklin, began its journey from the port of Xiamen, southeast China to Los Angeles. With just over 398 meters (435 yards) long, it is one of the largest ships in the world. Standing on would be much larger than the Eiffel Tower.

It is also the largest container ship that has docked in US ports Built in Shanghai for the French company CMA CGM, the ship is the generation of mega ships that can load a staggering 18,000 containers on board.

“In the shipping industry, size does matter,” says Ludovic Renou, general manager of CMA CGM in southern China. The Port of Los Angeles had to be modified to accommodate the Benjamin Franklin before their scheduled arrival later this month.

But the current infrastructure still is not ready to meet the ship when fully loaded. That means that the floating giant will only be able to fill up about three quarters of its capacity. The value of the business relationship between the two countries a year, shipping companies expect large container ships as Benjamin Franklin.

“This is a test,” says Renou. “We want to show our commitment to the US route and hope that there is an understanding that the United States needs this type of boat. ”

The movement toward larger ships is an industry trend that has taken root in Asia and Europe. “Thirty of these vessels are already in use worldwide, and 75 more are on order form,” says Renou. Make a big investment in these giant ships may seem a risky strategy for an industry suffering the effects of weakening global economic growth.

In particular transport companies face challenges of economic slowdown in China and try to stay away from a dependency. But industry experts say that in reality will save money in the long term because the increase in the size – and potential benefits – far exceeds the relatively gradual increase in overheads.

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Largest Vessel in History of Mexican Ports Docks in Lázaro Cárdenas

Mexico City – The largest container transporter in the history of Mexican ports arrived in Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, according to the region’s Integral Port Administration (API). Secretary of Communications and Transport Luis Téllez reported that this is proof of people’s interest in Mexican ports, not only as regards merchandise operations but also as regards investment.

Today, he declared, there is interest in Hong Kong, the Middle East and certain European nations in submitting tenders for Mexico’s ports. In the case of the port of Lázaro Cárdenas, tenders will be accepted for a new container terminal and a terminal specializing in automobiles. At approximately 1:05 am, “Chastine Maersk,” owned by Maersk Line shipping company and flying a Danish flag arrived at Lázaro Cárdenas port terminal.

Once it had docked at the container base, 625 containers (measuring between 20 and 40 feet) with an approximate weight of 8,450 tons began to be unloaded, while 627 containers were loaded. Chastine Maersk, measuring a total of 346.98 m, and with a capacity for 6,600 TEUs (containers measuring from 20 to 40 feet) was carrying 4,384 containers.

Maersk Line Mexico reported that vessels of this size are manned by a total of 27 crew members, including the captain. The route they usually cover begins in the port of Kwangyan, Korea, ends in the port of Balboa, in Panama, and is undertaken every seven weeks. The last vessel of a similar size to dock at this port was Maersk Seletar, with a length of 318.7 m, although there are larger ships such as EMMA Maersk, measuring from 366 to 397 m. whose arrival at this or any other port is conditioned by the movements of the freight it is transporting.

On this occasion, the Secretary of Economic Development of Michoacán, Eloy Vargas Arreola and Director General of the Lázaro Cárdenas API Armando Palos accompanied several authorities, such as Port Migration Delegate Ismael Abarca and Head of Sanitary Jurisdiction No. 8, Jesús Cazares, who were received by the captain of the Danish ship.


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The Logistics Importance

Logistics is defined by the RAE, for its acronym in Spanish (Real Academia Española) as the combination of means and methods needed to carry through the organization of a company or a service, especially of distribution. In the company field it exists multiple definitions about the logistics term that have been develop since the military logistics to the contemporary concept of art and the technique that deals with the organization of the flow of merchandise, energy and information.

Logistics are fundamental for trade. The logistic activities form a system which is the link among the production and the markets that are separated by time and distance. The company logistics, by means of logistic administration and the chain supplies, covers the paperwork and planning of the activities of the purchase, production, transportation, warehousing, support and distribution departments.

The fundamental mission of the company logistics is to place the appropriate products (good and services) in a correct place the précised moment and the desire conditions contributing a much as possible to profitability. Logistics have as objective the satisfaction of demand in the best service, cost and quality conditions. In order to achieve this objective (surfaces, means of transport, computing) and mobilize both human and financial resources that are appropriate.

To guarantee the service quality, it means, the acceptance with the clients requirements, gives an advantages to the company. By doing it with a low cost allows it to improve the profit margin of the company. To achieve it by guaranteeing the security allows the company avoid penalties, but communicating contemporary topics such as: the respect to the environment, the ethic products, etc. these three parameters allow to explain the strategic character of the logistics function in many companies (the pressure of the surrounding creates the function). Nowadays the logistics directors are members of the committees of direction of companies and report the stockholders.

The responsible territory of logistics is varied: operational (execution), tactical (company organization) and strategic (strategic plans, futurology, responsibility and knowledge).

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The Competitiveness and Infrastructure in Mexico

The logistic infrastructure of a nation represents one of its more relevant resources which enable the commercial exchange of good and merchandise, both inside its territory and outside it which represents one of the main motors for the inexpensive development. That is the reason a nation which counts with a better infrastructure have bigger capacity for growing and being more competitive in the international sphere (World Bank 2012). Nowadays Mexico counts with a relevant national asset on the subject of connectivity infrastructure, represented by 117 maritime harbors. Road networks that exceed 370 thousand kilometers, railways near to 27 thousand kilometers and 76 relevant airports, which along with facilities such as 49 Customs and 66 railway terminals and intermodal interaction allow the nation bear the rising volume of exchanges of external trade, which makes possible the internal distribution of goods and merchandise.


In Mexico the logistic costs are high and the bottle neck of the merchandise does not allow higher standards of competitiveness.

Nowadays, moving the merchandise represents an average of 14 per cent (PIB) for the country, while their commercial associates such as: United States and Canada, it represents 8 to 9 percent which means a lower barely profitability for the different sector.

The logistic cost for companies rises to 10 percent, however, in case of SMBs; this segment can ascend to 30 percent in its expenses which tops in a important way its development, not only in national scale, but also in international markets.
Mexico is located I the 47th position of a global scale as far as logistic efficiency is concerned in a ranking of 155 countries, which shows the backwardness that keeps in the segment, even when it counts with a meaningful potential of transportation, harbor infrastructure, commercial frontiers and an important number of commercial treaty.

These are the man errors that are made in a company on the subject of logistics which we try to avoid:

1. Not having the product on time or in an appropriate way.
2. High costs of inventories. It’s needed to reduce them. Otherwise the company has parts of its resources without generating.
3. To guarantee the production line. Any company can run the risk of having its line of production shutdown because of the lack of consumables as a result of bad logistics.
4. Conviction. Reliable logistics must reduce decreases and ant theft because it can be fundamental and important in the final process.
5. The most important one is having suppliers on the same frequency. All people who participate in the process, the railway supplier, transportation, the same shipping, the Customs agents should understand the companies’ needs, their clients in order to provide an appropriate service. If it does not exist coordination between these links, the chain will break and there will be lost in the company.

That is the reason why human competitive capital should be generated. Profiles that are experts of logistics as a specialization area and that count with an appropriate infrastructure. A third aspect would be an administrative simplification. If a company counts with an appropriate human capital developed infrastructure and a system that is reduced and efficient, all those aspects together will help t to be more competitive.

Taking into account the logistics costs that are given in other market such as: United States, more investment is being received in Mexico and in the selection process of location, it is being taking into account more and more every day. There are topics ahead, but homework is being done.


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Transmodal Advantages

Attention since the arrival of the merchandise, delivery in the client’s storehouse until the return of the empty to the shipping. Keeping the client informed of every phase of the operation.

Qualified staff through previous evaluations made before being hired. Competitive and attractive fares costs.

Flexibility and quality in service. “Designing a package according to you”

We facilitate our clients the operations and administration control.

The intermodal transportation system requires of certainty, agility, innovation; monitoring and opportune feedback.

In transmodal we work to make more practical and logistic the delivery of your merchandise.

We are a company focused 100% on providing profitable solutions. Certified under ISO 9001:2008.

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